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The Hatchet Man (1932)



The Hatchet Man

(1932)

74 minutes

Film Noir / Mystery

Directed by William Wellman

Cast:

Loretta Young as Toya San
Edward G. Robinson as Wong Low Get
Leslie Fenton as Harry En Hai
Tully Marshall as Long Sen Yat
J. Carrol Naish as Sun Yet Ming
Edmund Breese as Yu Chang
Anna Chang as Sing Girl
Dudley Digges as Nag Hong Fah
Blanche Frederici as Madame Si-Si
Willie Fung as Fung Loo
Ralph Ince as Malone
James B. Leong as Tong Member
Gladys Lloyd as Fan Yi
Noel Madison as Charley Kee
Charles Middleton as Li Hop Fat
Toshia Mori as Miss Ling
Edward Peil Sr. as Foo Ming
Evelyn Selbie as Wah Li
E. Alyn Warren as Soo Hat
Otto Yamaoka as Chung Ho

Hatchet Man is a dated but fascinating film set amidst the 'tong wars' in San Francisco's Chinatown. Tong hatchet man Wong Low Get (Edward G. Robinson) is required to kill his boyhood friend Sun Yet Sen (J. Carroll Naish). Sen is resigned to his fate, but extracts a promise that Wong will look after Sen's daughter Toya San, and marry the girl when she grows up. Played as an adult by Loretta Young, Toya San weds Wong, now an influential Chinatown figure. But the girl is secretly in love with Harry En Hai (Leslie Fenton), a disreputable young half-caste. When Wong learns of the affair, he sends Toya and Harry packing, and is ostracized by the community for not fighting for his honor. Harry is deported to China for drug-dealing, taking Toya with him and ultimately deserting her. Wong trails the pair to China.




Directors: William Wellman
Actors: Tully Marshall, Charles Middleton, J. Carrol Naish, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young
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Matinee Classics - The Hatchet Man starring Loretta Young, Edward G. Robinson, J. Carroll Naish, Leslie Fenton, Tully Marshall, Edmund Breese, Anna Chang, Dudley Digges, Blanche Frederici, Willie Fung, Ralph Ince, Charles Middleton, Edward Peil, James B. Leong, Gladys Lloyd, Otto Yamaoka, Noel Madison and Toshia Mori


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